Well, That Was Weird
Misc Georgia Sights and Sites
Here are a few miscellaneous sights to see and sites to visit.

The Georgia Peach

Peaches are big in Georgia, but one of the most famous was The Georgia Peach, Ty Cobb. Many baseball historians consider him one of the best players in the game's history. His hometown of Royston makes sure that their favorite son is not forgotten.



It's hard to swing a bat and not hit something that holds Cobb's name and image. Besides the usual streets, Royston presents murals, sculptures (above), the water tower (right), and a museum. Most unique is the Ty Cobb Healthcare System. Despite some of the controversy surrounding his personal life, Ty remembered his hometown and donated a large sum of money to give the rural area their own modern hospital.

"Tomorrow Is Another Day"

What would Georgia be without mention of "Gone With The Wind?" Metro Atlanta is the home to three museums dedicated to the book, the movie, and its author.

Jonesboro was the book's location of Tara. It features the Road To Tara museum in its historic depot, just half a mile from Tara Boulevard.

The Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square is located in Marietta. In Atlanta, the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum are open for tours.

The South's Own Double Barrel Shotgun

A little Southern ingenuity gave us this one-of-a-king cannon. Built in hopes of cutting down twice as many Union soldiers in half the time, it was only fired once. It killed a cow and several small trees. Since the death of bovine and young timber was not the creator's intention, the cannon was put away and other means of Yankee killing were explored.

Viva La France, Y'all!

Most people wouldn't expect to find the statue of a French General in Georgia, but there he is. This Frenchman was a hero of the American Revolutionary War. Marquis de Lafayette visited the state in 1825 and made quite an impression. LaGrange, Georgia, was given its name after Lafayette commented that west Georgia reminded him of his French estate, Chateau de LaGrange. The statue stands in the middle of a fountain in Lafayette Square in the Georgia town.

Fayetteville, Fayette County, and LaFayette were all named in his honor. A full-length painting of him is displayed in the State Capitol rotunda.

The very touching statue above honors fallen law enforcement officers of Floyd County. The eagle clutching the rose stands in honor of Gwinnett County citizens who died during battles throughout USA's history.

"Our Fallen Heroes"

There are many memorials and sites around Georgia honoring our Fallen Heroes.

"The Writings On The Wall"

This two story building in downtown Barnesville, Georgia, sports a brightly colored mural which depicts the town's history. The town was once home to a flourishing buggy industry.

President Franklin Roosevelt's image (left) is also commemorated on the mural. In August of 1938, Roosevelt came to Barnesville in association with his REA (Rural Electrification Administration) project which brought electricity to rural America. He chose Barnesville as the site to "flip the switch" on the project.

A Yankee in Our Midst

In 1898, you would think that the citizens of Elberton would be in awe of the new monument which honored the Confederate veterans of Elbert County. However, when the statue was unveiled, he looked a lot like a Union soldier. Apparently, the artist, an immigrant who did not know the difference between the two armies' uniforms, created the sculpture. The artist quickly left town.

Locals nicknamed the statue "Dutchy." Two years after his unveiling, he was found lying at the base of his pedestal. Some people "claimed" that he had gotten drunk and fell. He was unceremoniously buried face down in front of the pedestal.

A more appropriate statue was erected and Dutchy was left in his grave; soon to be forgotten.

82 years later, Dutchy was exhumed, taken to a local car wash where he was thoroughly cleaned of the red Georgia clay. Then he was taken to the Elberton Granite Museum & Exhibit where he has finally found a home.

Things You Only See in The South


Confederate soldiers are often a traffic hazard, so please stop for rebels in the crosswalk.

Even in this day and age, it's still hard to find anyone to pick up a dead Yankee off the street.

"You've Got Mail!"

I don't know if there is a story behind this oversize mailbox that stands along Highway 5 in Douglas County, Georgia.

I hope the local mailman has a ladder.

"Six Feet Under"

Near downtown Atlanta you'll find the historic Oakland Cemetery. Across the street from Oakland, you'll find the not-so-historic Six Feet Under bar and grill. Don't let the name fool you; the food won't leave you cold.

Pretty In Pink

When it's Cherry Blossom Festival time in Macon, everything goes pink. Even the city fountains are spewing fuchsia water.

Lacie the Poodle gets into the spirit! This precious pooch is pink all the way down to her toenails.

The squirrel and his owner were photographed in Dahlonega. The opossum and his pal on the right were hanging out at Stone Mountain.

Men and Their Rodents...
It's a beautiful thing.

These two fellows were photographed hanging out with some Georgia wildlife.

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